Nada Raza - The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Nada Raza

PhD student

Thesis: Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea

Supervised by Professor Julian Stallabrass

Raza will focus on contemporary artist’s projects generated around the Indian Ocean littoral, attempting to mobilise the maritime as a counterpoint from which to reconsider the politics, divisions and conditions of the land. While the field of Indian Ocean studies has developed in area studies departments, academic engagement with its visual culture tends to focus on migration, ethno-religious political crisis and climate change. Within artist projects, however, there is the attempt to recover collective memory through complex personal histories, charting transnational affinities and movements of labour or documenting historic and social change. Through a comparative examination of artworks and a close study of their production, the project will generate a fresh approach to scholarship and academic collaboration in response to inter-disciplinary artistic activity. These projects often challenge and resist existing analytical and institutional frameworks, and could provide a model a thematic and discursive framework that combines chronology, mapping and material research in the field. 


  • Master of Arts (Distinction) Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK

Research interests

  • International art
  • South Asia
  • Middle East
  • Art and politics

Recent publications

  • Editor and lead essay: Bhupen Khakhar: You Can’t Please All Tate Publications, London, UK (2016)

  • The Missing One, exhibition catalogue, Office of Contemporary Art, Norway (2016)

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